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Success Saturday!

Since I missed Fundanoodle Friday…how about Success Saturday?

The reason I missed my weekly Fundanoodle post is simply because of my two Fundanoodle events. A lot of moms, dads, teachers, grandparents, and therapists learned about Fundanoodle this weekend and were blown away!

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I sold quite a few of our Magnetic Dry Erase Lettering Practice Board.

Product # 15283
Magnetic Dry Erase Lettering Practice Board
12″ x 9″
This write-on, wipe-off magnetic dry erase board makes it easy for children of all ages to practice writing. Pre-printed stop-and-go boxes and ruled lines provide visual cues, helping children align numbers and letters, and stay within writing boundaries. The “I Can Build Letters!” magnets are a perfect companion product!
Price: $14.99

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Waiting for Baby with Baby Steps

Thank you to Splash Brands for my free Baby Steps scratch off calendar in exchange for this review and giveaway.

The “BabySteps” Scratch-Off Calendar is a beautifully designed wall poster with 236 entertaining facts and tips for parents-to-be. The individual fields are all covered by scratch paint. One new field is scratched off every day.

What a novel idea! At least something I’ve never seen before. I would have loved this during my pregnancy. You can find out cool facts about pregnancy and follow along with your baby’s progress. An expectant mama always needs something to help her along!

I am proud to be giving this away to my friend and neighbor expecting her first baby!

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Fundanoodle Friday: I Can Pound!


Fundanoodle is an education readiness program designed by pediatric occupational therapists and elementary school teachers to develop and improve the motor skills needed for success in and out of the classroom.

fundanoodleIt’s been a while since I mentioned Fundanoodle, but you will be seeing a lot more of it since it is taking the educational world by storm! Currently a Junior Ambassador, well on my way to full Ambassador status, I am working hard to introduce this product to teachers, parents, grandparents, caregivers, and therapists.

Each Friday, I will highlight one product, beginning with our most popular and best-selling product, I CAN POUND! Here are some of my little friends enjoying their I Can Pound Kit. Visit my Fundanoodle site and look forward to next Friday’s highlighted product. And while you’re there, say hello to our mascots, Max and Alfie!


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Well, hello February! Here in Jacksonville, FL it was 79 degrees today! People were actually talking about how hot it was. So spoiled.

My family is looking forward to our two visitors on Wednesday…Gappy and Copah…my parents, named by my daughter very early on. The rest of the grandchildren who are 16-23 years older than Emma have always called them Grammy and Grampy. We taught those names to Emma, but somehow, quite true to her individuality and spunk, they came out as Gappy and Copah. And it stuck.

Oldie but a goodie: Gappy and Emma, 2012

Some people might not be happy about their parents spending two weeks in their house, but we are thrilled! My parents are excellent house guests. Copah does the dishes. Gappy takes care of the child. Who could ask for anything more? Wednesday can’t come soon enough!

One week from today we will celebrate Emma’s 4th birthday. Just can’t believe it. She requested a My Little Pony Tea Party and her wish has been granted. You can look forward to lots of pictures of cute little girls and boys at Ashes’ Tea Garden. Should be fun!


Homeschool Population Growth

Homeschool Population Continues To Grow with the Years, Why?


In years past the homeschooling movement was a small group of parents, who according to the public eye, were sheltering their children from the proper means of education. Some even went so far as to say they were neglecting their child or children. You were most likely to find a kitchen table full of kids learning middle school math on a farm in the middle of nowhere.

Today, though, the story has changed. More and more American parents are choosing the path of home education for their family. In 1999, it was reported by USA Today that the number of homeschooling families was a mere 850,000. In 2012 this number had more than doubled to 1.77 million families, and just recently the Florida Department of Education reported the largest number of homeschooling families in history – a whopping 84,096.

The US Department of Education says that the homeschool population is growing at a rate of 15 percent per year. So why the sudden increase? Why is the homeschooling movement starting to take off?

Reasons for Homeschooling & Online Tutoring Growth


Today, homeschooling is the fastest growing form of education in the Nation. Here are some reasons why.

  • Curriculum

The number one factor driving the growth of the home education movement is curriculum. As public and private school systems have begun shifting to a Common Core curriculum many parents have become deterred by the practice of this discredited theory of education.

  • No child left behind

Contrary to common belief, it is not only the disagreement of curriculum used that is driving the growth of the homeschooling movement. Parents that choose to homeschool often do so in an effort to individualize a study plan that best suits the needs of their child. Ultimately, giving the child more of a chance for success.

These are not the only factors that continue to fuel the movement, however, they are the most influential.

For the best home education services, be sure to visit FutureSchool.com.

Thank you to Andrew Burgess with FutureSchool.com for sharing this article with Creative Blog Mom readers.